Theyyam: Carrying the Deity with Pepita Seth


Theyyam is an ancient form of worship found only in northern Kerala in India.  A designated theyyakkaran – "a Theyyam man (or woman)" – calls the formless deity down from heaven and ‘carries’ the deity by providing him – or her - with a body and therefore the ability to interact with their devotees. Pepita Seth has lived with and studied the people and practice of Theyyam for 20 years and shares experiences and wisdom around this with Drs. Ramkumar & Claudia

Animal, Plant and Agricultural Ayurveda


Along with the 8 branches of Ayurveda that apply to humans, we can understand that, depending on the teacher, there are 2 or 3 other branches: one covers agriculture or farming (kṛṣi Ayurveda); one plants & trees (vṛkṣa Ayurveda), and one animals (mṛga or paśu Ayurveda). Sanjeev Kulangara joins Drs. Claudia Welch & Ramkumar and the Vedic Threads community.


Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health 57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, MA, United States

Dr. Welch joins other Kripalu presenters to explore Ayurveda, the emotions, mind--from how it all works to what we can do to support health in these areas

Saṅkalpa: the Role of Intent in Medicine and Life


Saṅkalpa translates as, “intention” or, “determination”. Ayurveda physician Dr. Vignesh Devraj ji plans to join Drs. Claudia Welch & Ramkumar and the Vedic Threads community for the first May session to explore the role of saṅkalpa in medicine—from the patient’s experience as well as the doctor’s. This can relate to the way a practitioner and the patient approaches the doctor/patient relationship; the roles of medicine, the doctor, the patient, hope, compliance; what is whose responsibility, and to the outcome itself. Some of these insights are likely to apply to life in general as well as to medicine.

Women’s Health Alumnus Live Q&A with Dr. Welch

We have scheduled a roughly one hour, free, live Q&A Zoom session with Dr. Welch, for alumni and content of either of our online courses: Women's Health & Hormones Part I: Hormonal Balance & Stagnation or Women's Health & Hormones Part II: Srotorodha & the...

New: Women’s Health & Hormones online course taught by Dr. Welch, with an innovative approach to understanding women’s hormones and health conditions. Designed for everybody, regardless of medical background, from MDs to professionals of Ayurveda or TCM, to anyone interested in women’s health.